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Social Worker

Social Workers are often the first-person families and residents have contact with. The social worker helps them make difficult decisions under pressure. Social workers help interpret any technical information, answer questions, explain the admissions process, and thoroughly discuss the rights of residents. Once admitted, families and residents can look to the social worker for continued support and assistance. Social workers are a key member of the interdisciplinary team that plans and provides services to all residents.

Education & Experience:

A social worker must possess a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) or in a human services field including but not limited to sociology, special education, rehabilitation, counseling, and psychology. This typically takes four years to complete. Certification and licensure information can be obtained from the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

Salary Average
$42,850

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Social Services Director

Social Services Director


The social services director is responsible for ensuring that the social, psychological and physical needs of all residents in the senior living community are being met. They provide counseling and social services to residents and their families. The social services director reports directly to the administrator and participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, providing information on an individual resident’s psychosocial condition.

Education & Experience:
A social services director must have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) or in a human services field including but not limited to sociology, special education, rehabilitation, counseling, and psychology and needs one year of supervised social work experience in a healthcare setting working directly with individuals.

Salary Average
$48,350

Next Steps
Administrator

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